The next option is a shift more towards defensive prowess. It’s no secret that the Canes have struggled on defending in their own zone, prompting Carolina to potentially targets Minnesota’s Matt Dumba. Could the addition of a career +26 defenseman provide the presence the Canes need to shore things up in their own end? I would say so.
Dumba has spent all seven seasons of his NHL career with the Wild, but his time with the team may be coming to an end. This year the man from Regina has posted four goals and 16 assists in 58 games. His -8 +/- looks bad until you realize that he has never finished a season with a negative plus/minus when playing more than 40 games. Looking at his contract, he’s in the second year of five-year, $30, million contract. If you can convince Minnesota to retain some of that money, this a very doable deal for the Canes and one that could tighten up their defensive core for the next few years.